Friday, May 16, 2008

It's a Jungle Out There

The jungle I am referring to is my yard. I like to work in my yard, I usually do all the yard work, though with my father having been hospitalized from January through last week, my husband has done the mowing and edging. Nothing has been weeded or pruned in months. The shrubs are overgrown, the flower beds are full of weeds. I am surprised the neighbors have not started a petition. It didn't take long to become overgrown. I can only imagine the number of plants being choked out or experiencing limited growth due to weeds.

Parts of my life have been choked out due to the cares of life. I have not exercised in months, since the 1st week of January. This was the year I was going to read the Bible in 1 year. I read it, and continue to do a Bible Study, but I will not read the entire Bible by year's end. This was the year my husband & I were going to lose weight. What a joke, we ate so many crummy meals out of vending machines, we gained weight and are as teens say ginormous (sp?).

But this week, I feel more rested than I have in months. I have eaten healthy meals, lots of salads and raw vegetables. I am going to tackle part of the yard tomorrow and Sunday. By next weekend it should look OK. I will start slowly and begin walking again. Hopefully, my energy level will still be good when I return home from work in the evenings. The last few weeks I have crashed at night.

Are you thinking by now...what is your point...my point is how easily it is to let the cares of this world choke out the Word of God. It's not just frivolous things that distract you and derail or slow your walk with the Lord. It's not that I quit believing or my faith wavered, it's that I spent little time in the Word sometimes over the past few months, other times I was in it big time. I had trouble with consistency due to driving to St. Luke's every day, being there for several hours a day, that sort of thing.

Remember we need to stay in the Word and be prepared when evil comes our way. If our prayer life is lagging, we need to call in our friends so they can lift us and our situation up to the Lord. We need our friends to carry us like they carried the paralytic:

A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven."

Sometimes we need to be carried by friends, it's OK, we are not to be lone rangers. We are the Body of Christ, we are brothers and sisters in Christ. Families help each other.

I pray you have a blessed weekend and Sabbath and I pray I have Ben Gay and Aspirin...I think I am going to need them.